Great Falls is the third largest city in Montana. It is located on the northern Great Plains and near several waterfalls on the Missouri River. Giant Springs Heritage State Park and Fish Hatchery is a major tourist attraction in the Great Falls area. Giant Springs was discovered by the Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805. It is one of the largest freshwater springs in the world, producing 338 million gallons of water per day. The water stays at a temperature of 54 degrees, and has been carbon dated to be about 3,000 years old. This is also the site of the Roe River, officially called the North Fork Roe River. It is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's shortest river. Some people come to visit the nearby Rainbow Falls Overlook, the visitor center, and the fish hatchery. At Rainbow Falls Overlook, you will learn about the colorful history of the city as well as waterfalls along the scenic Missouri River. The Fish Hatchery Program raises roughly 1.3 million fish annually that are distributed to lakes and reservoirs within a 150-mile radius of the hatchery. The visitor center features taxidermy mounts of grizzly and black bears, educational programs on fish and bird, wildlife photographs and a mini-theater that shows wildlife videos. It also provides information and exhibits about Lewis and Clark's famous expedition and the historical significance of the westward expansion of the United States. Each year more than a quarter of a million people visit the 117-acre Giant Springs Heritage Park. It is a great place for picnic with the whole family. A group picnic site is also available.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car is offering great deals for Great Falls residents. At Enterprise, you have more choice when you rent a car since you are looking at a large collection of vehicles varied in makes and models. Just make your reservation online and pick up your car from the Enterprise location near you.
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There are many more things to do in Great Falls, Montana. When you are visiting Great Falls, you can take a tour to C.M. Russell Museum. The museum primarily displays the artwork of local “cowboy artist” Charles Marion Russell. It has the most complete collection of his works and personal objects in the world. Some of Russell’s personal object exhibits include illustrated letters by him, work materials used by him and other items which help visitors understand the lifestyle of Russell. It also displays original art from 19th century to present day depicting the plants, animals and landscapes of the America West. The building was the original studio and home where he lived and created many of his paintings and sketches. The house and log cabin studio were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. If you really enjoy and appreciate contemporary art then you can also go to Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art. It is one of oldest and most beloved landmarks in Great Falls, named after Paris Gibson, the founder of Great Falls. The marvelous sandstone structure was built in 1896. It has served as a center for learning and growth for over 100 years, 34 years as Central High School and for 45 years as Paris Gibson Junior High. This historic building was later renovated and reopened and since then offering exhibitions, classes, lectures, tours and performances. From there you can also go to Meadow Lark Country Club. Located in Great Falls, it is an 18-hole golf course featuring 6932 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. Founded in 1919, the club sits on the beautiful Missouri River. It is one of the premier country clubs in Montana featuring a golf course, three tennis courts, pool and fitness facilities and two restaurants.